Why the Fortescue (ASX:FMG) share price is slipping today

The Fortescue share price has dipped today amid news the company met Jordanian officials to discuss hydrogen energy.
The post Why the Fortescue (ASX:FMG) share price is slipping today appeared first on The Motley Fool Australia. –

A woman in a green garden shrugs her shoulders, indicating confusion over a company share price

The Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) share price is falling slightly today amid news that the company met with Jordanian government officials to discuss hydrogen energy, with few other details revealed.

The Fortescue share price is down 0.54% to $20.25 today.

Fortescue is one of Australia’s largest miners, involved primarily in the exploration, development, production, processing and sale of iron ore. Unlike Australia’s other large mining companies, however, it has a net-zero emissions target by 2030.

Fortescue’s hydrogen shift 

In recent years, Fortescue chair Andrew Forrest has been one of Australia’s most vocal proponents of shifting towards renewable energy. The company recently announced plans to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Fortescue is planning to shift towards producing hydrogen energy and ammonia, which was the stated purpose of its meeting with Jordanian officials.

It’s been a busy few months in this space for the Australian mining giant. Fortescue recently signed an agreement with South Korean steel manufacturer Posco to collaborate on a hydrogen-production partnership.

It signed similar deals with South Korea’s Hyundai and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization last year.

Fortescue, hydrogen and the Middle East

A delegation from Fortescue met with Jordanian Planning Minister Nasser Shraideh to explore and discuss investment opportunities. Forrest has recently returned from a world tour scouting potential hydrogen-producing destinations.

Shraideh reportedly gave a presentation on Jordan’s investment environment and spoke of the government’s clean energy plans, suggesting the Middle Eastern country is keen on attracting Fortescue’s investment. Australia’s Jordanian ambassador also attended the meeting.

The Middle East appears to be emerging as the go-to destination for hydrogen energy producers, with the world’s largest hydrogen plant recently opened in Saudi Arabia.

The plant is being opened near the Jordanian border in Neom, a planned new mega-city built around the burgeoning renewable energy industry.

Neom, in many ways, is targeted to be the new centre of world hydrogen production, and the Jordanian government may be keen to profit and replicate from the emerging industries on their doorstep.

But Jordan is already developing a highly effective renewable energy industry of its own. Jordan is scheduled to raise renewable electricity production to 2,400 megawatts this year, accounting for approximately 22% of the country’s total requirements.

Fortescue share price snapshot

The Fortescue share price has fallen 18% since the beginning of 2021. Despite these losses, it’s still up more than 74% over the past 12 months, largely due to high iron-ore prices.

Where to invest $1,000 right now

When investing expert Scott Phillips has a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the flagship Motley Fool Share Advisor newsletter he has run for more than eight years has provided thousands of paying members with stock picks that have doubled, tripled or even more.*

Scott just revealed what he believes are the five best ASX stocks for investors to buy right now. These stocks are trading at dirt-cheap prices and Scott thinks they are great buys right now.

See The 5 Stocks

*Returns as of February 15th 2021

More reading

Motley Fool contributor Lucas Radbourne-Pugh has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

The post Why the Fortescue (ASX:FMG) share price is slipping today appeared first on The Motley Fool Australia.

Trade The World Anywhere & Anytime!

Mobile app platform with over 50,000 global listed securities across 12 markets (over 70% global market capitalisation), right from your Android or iOS device.

Integrated with exclusive trading idea and investment analysis tools to help you find actionable insight on virtually every financial instrument across our 12 global markets, to help you optimise your trading strategies.

Refer Your Friends

Tell your friends about Monex and gift them FREE access to our trading tools.

We respect your privacy and will only send this one email notification to your friends. 

Share With Your Friends

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Monex Trading Tools Access and Usage Terms

The Monex Trading Tools (referred to as ‘tools’ hereafter) are available to you inside your client portal;

To activate access to the tools, you must have a verified and approved trading account and have made a deposit of at least AUD $1000.

An active and funded account with a positive trading balance is required to continue to have access to the tools;

Although the tools are available to you indefinitely, Monex Securities may at it’s discretion disable access to the tools in the future;

Monex securities reserves the right to change these terms and conditions from time to time, as it sees fit, without notice.

Important Notice
iOS & Android App - 12 International Markets & Over 70% Global Market Cap. $0 Brokerage On US Trades. Click Here!